A brain-storming session to debate future community projects for Ledbury is being held.

The Your Square Mile (YSM) social initiative, involving the Heineken-owned UBL cider plant, one of the town’s largest employers, will take place in the Burgage Hall, Church Lane, on Wednesday November 28, from 6.15pm to 9.30pm.

The aim is to discuss community issues “and develop a series of community-led projects, developed in part, from Ledbury’s Town Plan”.

The 70-strong crowd has already been selected to reflect the community and the event is not open to the wider public, as was reported on the front page of today's Ledbury Reporter.

Brewer Heineken is helping to kick-start the process by committing 180 UBL employees to playing a more active role in Ledbury projects.

Jeremy Beadles, Heineken’s corporate relations director, said: “This is the first time we have placed so many of our colleagues at the heart of Ledbury, involving them in ways that will create results.”

Successful Your Square Mile projects elsewhere in the UK have included helping to set up a youth festival in Wigton and rebuilding a community centre in Glyncoch, Wales.

Liz Harvey, a Herefordshire councillor and a member of the town plan steering group said: “It all sounds exciting and I look forward to finding out more about what they hope to achieve.

“It will be interesting to see the sort of ideas which come out of the town plan’s Planning for Real event and the YSM community workshop."

The Planning for Real event is a separate process and has been organised by the town plan steering group.

It takes place on Saturday, November 24, in the Burgage Hall, from 10am to 4pm.

Both residents and visitors to the town will be able to drop in and view displays concerning the environment and land use, the economy and enterprise, transport and infrastructure, children and young people; recreation, health and leisure.

  • This is a corrected version of a story posted earlier on this website, and on the front page of the Ledbury Reporter, that contained an inaccuracy.